Instructor-Led Training (ILT) can refer to both in-person classroom training and remotely delivered Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT). Although a great deal of attention is paid to self-paced eLearning and other learning technologies, instructor-led learning still accounts for more than two-thirds of the training hours delivered each year!
According to ATD 2014 State of the Industry Report, “Organizations use many different methods to deliver training. The instructor-led classroom continues to be the most popular method, accounting for more than half of all training that is available to employees.”
ILT remains the dominant means of delivery because it is effective.
Some benefits of ILT for the learner include:
- Having a dialogue- the ability to ask questions and talk with a live expert is not something the learner experiences with asynchronous eLearning
- Participatory group learning- achieved in a classroom or conference through live interaction
- Personalized attention- for example, an instructor would be able to see if a trainee was not understanding a concept and give specific instructions to that learner
- Undisrupted learning- without the distractions of emails, phone calls, etc.
Ideally ILT is complemented by blending other types of learning interventions, self-paced eLearning modules, and external readings. Many organizations also distribute the material that accompanies the ILT course - the traditional Training Binder - on PCs, tablets, and smartphones. This allows learners to take advantage of their training materials anywhere and at any time, not just in within the structured course setting.
Most ILT programs utilize traditional training binders to house materials for the duration of the training program, however since technology plays such an important part in our lives today, digital and mobile is something to consider. Seeking mobile innovation for your ILT materials will allow your employees to reference the materials anytime and anywhere they need to after training ends. Mobile materials give your employees the access to the information they need when they need them
Sources: “2014 State of the Industry Report” ASTD DBA Association for Talent Development (ATD) 2014.